Integral Development of Sustainable Communities

DINCS Ciudad del Bicentenario

Cartagena de Indias


The Ciudad del Bicentenario (CB) Macroproject was launched in December 2008, via an inter-administrative agreement between the FMSD and the Ministry of Housing (MVCT). As of May 2015, 2.150 families live in the project, including 896 beneficiaries of the free housing project (Law 1537 of 2012). The Macroproject covers 478 hectares. Over the last few years, CB secured funding for the following social infrastructure: 2 large-scale school (for 1.440 students each), 2 early childhood development centers (one of them funded by the Alianza Primero lo Primero), a special security program by the National Police, an Internet connection center, a sports facility, and a health center entitle Punto de Atención en Salud Oportuna --PASO.

The implementation of the DINCS model is carried out in 4 stages: during the first stage land for houses building is identified, including special areas for social infrastructure, parks etc. During this stage, urban development (building of basic infrastructure such as roads, utilities connection systems, etc.) is carried out. In a second stage, house building kicks in ensuring that all houses are properly connected to utilities. In the third stage, building of social infrastructure takes place, as well as the establishment of participatory mechanisms. In a fourth stage, sustainability is sought, ensuring that the community is cohesive, its families are able to generate their own income or secure employment and that all families and individuals know their rights, and are capable of searching for and accessing social services and aids.   

During the first years of the project, land was acquired and houses under the label “Producto Propio” were built and sold. Families using national and-or local subsidies, who were able to put down a deposit bought most of these houses. A contractor (PRODESA) was hired by the FMSD to undertake the developments.  In parallel, the national government issued Law 1537 through which a free housing program was funded. Subsequently the Ministry of Housing contracted the FMSD to build 832 houses in VSP out of a total of 100.000 houses throughout Colombia. These houses are targeted at families living in extreme poverty or those that have been forcedly displaced, and were built in apartment blocks of 4 floors.

The unit within Cartagena’s local government which supports community empowerment helped with the community development and empowerment processes in CB via the establishment of participatory mechanisms such as the Junta de Acción Comunal, as well as other community committees. Representatives of the community created a development plan for CB, which established the community´s priorities in terms of social infrastructure, development programs, etc. FMSD supports the Major of Cartagena’s office via logistical support, out-reach efforts, and capacity building of representatives to facilitate project design, fundraising and lobbying efforts. Five projects of the plan have been formulated and representatives of the community are leading efforts to secure funding from local government in Cartagena. 

We host activities every day in our community development (DINCS) projects, such as health fairs, capacity building, training and skills development, sports and entertainment and cultural events. For more information about them please visit the following calendar.
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